“In a new but not-so-new place…”
“New York City, Center of the universe”- RENT
For a few years, I have been thinking of the day I would have my own classroom. Of course, I would have to complete everything else, especially the real big thing: student teaching.
My name is Sofia. I was born and raised in Mount Sinai, New York, a small suburb on Long Island about two hours East of New York City. For the past four and a half years, I studied elementary and special education at SUNY Plattsburgh, where I plan to graduate with bachelors and masters degrees in both areas in May. This past Saturday, I moved into the Webster Apartments on West 34th street, about a ten minute walk from where I will be doing my work.
Growing up, I have been to the lovely NYC plenty of times; I mean it’s only a train ride away. I have seen landmarks and notable spots (Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, Central Park…although I have yet to go to Central Perk…you know, from “Friends”?). Although I have set foot in all five boroughs before, I still have not mastered the art of the subway system. Going to school upstate, I would tell people I was from Long Island, and they would all be like “NEW YORK CITY? OMG DGSFGSF?” and I would say…“not exactly”.
The reason I chose to student teach in NYC is because it is a different environment than I am used to. It is a city that is way out of my comfort zone. For the past four years, I have been working in rural schools where the majority of people know/get along with one another. Growing up, I went to school in a suburban setting where one would only fit in if they were an athlete and/or if they had money. I want to see what makes NYC’s school system different from what I have seen in the past. I want to see how everyone interacts with one another and what makes a city school successful. I hope to learn some of these this upcoming Tuesday.
For now, I am just sitting in the “Gretta Garbo” parlor in my building, writing my life away and figuring out whether or not I want to venture out in the icy rain to Levain Bakery. Overall, where I am staying is nice, I’m just hoping to make some friends here soon, the breakfast alone are starting to get…you know…lonely (I’m shy but I’m nice, I promise).
For the record, this blog is mainly about the adventures I have living in NYC, nothing really about education unless I find something pretty radical about education worth reblogging ^_^. Also, I’m planning on keeping the language and content as clean as possible. I hope you enjoy what I have to say and suggestions for places to go throughout the city are much welcomed!
Speaking of suggestions, are there any good places around the city to do yoga, as well as places for open mic nights (I play violin in my spare time) for leisure purposes? Let me know :).